I’ve heard your laments about the boring assignments from school that bored you to tears. The one where the brief are based so much on real life that you aren’t really looking forward to working in the real world. Things like promotional material for corporations. Or something to do with heritage. Or a serious-looking logo. You ask me if this is all there is – if life after school revolves around boring projects with even more boring subject matters.
My answer is yes.
But here’s the thing. Life, when seen from one angle will always be one-sided. The trick is to not do what is expected of you, and to see things with eyes afresh. Easier said than done? Perhaps. This all goes back to letting your hair down to enjoy the process. If only we were all a little more quirky – I’m sure life wouldn’t be so boring!
But also, instead of waiting for boring assignments or projects, why not create your own exciting ones? Why wait for interesting and challenging projects to crop up (a rare thing to come by these days) when you can send the world a message of your own? Why not become a puppet master instead of a puppet? There’s a handful of excuses that’s usually thrown my way – “I don’t have the time. I don’t think people would be interested. Where would I start?” All of these excuses? Most of them stem from laziness and/or fear – a combination that can be both crippling and sad, and especially unwarranted for those who has all the time in the world to make mistakes and learn from it. Maybe you just don’t know it yet.
Life is too short to color within the lines and to just be what other people expect you to be.
So what’s next? You need to make some mistakes and learn to laugh about it. To laugh at yourself. Because no one is going to go around with a feather to tickle you around the corner or dress up as a clown to make you laugh, so you might as well do it yourself. So fall down, laugh, and pick yourself back up again – life is too short to color within the lines and to just be what other people expect you to be. Shout, run, play. Just don’t sit still and take what the world throws at you. Fight back. Fight back with all you’ve got.
It’s time to have some fun.